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Prison Officer - Hopkins Correctional Centre and HM Prison Langi Kal Kal

Application Close Date: 06-Feb-2020
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Prison Officer – HM Prison Langi Kal Kal and Hopkins Correctional Centre

Are you open to a career change that makes a positive impact on your community? You should consider becoming a prison officer.

  • Full-time and casual roles available! Enjoy a good hourly rate or salary with generous penalty rates for night and weekend shifts.
  • Help Victoria remain a safe place to live by keeping our prisons secure.
  • No qualifications required. You will undertake a comprehensive, fully paid, eight-week training program before your first day on the job.
  • Get shift times well in advance. You'll be able to plan your life to make sure you still take care of your personal priorities outside of work.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting a new squad of casual and full-time prison officers to both HM Prison Langi Kal Kal and Hopkins Correctional Centre, to commence paid training in late April this year.


Hopkins Correctional Centre (Hopkins) is located just outside of Ararat, approximately 200 kilometres west of Melbourne. The centre provides medium-security accommodation for almost 800 offenders with protection requirements.

Prisoners at both Hopkins and HM Prison Langi Kal Kal who are able to work are placed in an industry area, and also have the opportunity to improve their education prospects.

To find out more about Hopkins Correctional Centre, watch the intro video here.


HM Prison Langi Kal Kal (Langi Kal Kal) is located in Trawalla, 150 kilometres west of Melbourne, just off the Western Highway and approximately a 30-minute drive from Ballarat. The prison provides minimum-security accommodation for prisoners who require a level of protection due to the nature of their offences.

Langi Kal Kal has been established as a working farm with a focus on preparing offenders for reintegration into the community upon release. Up to 428 prisoners can be housed in the facility, mainly in single rooms inside shared cottage-style units.

To find out more about Langi Kal Kal, watch the intro video here.


The role of a prison officer can be radically different from what you might expect, so we encourage you to register for one of our free information sessions. You'll hear about the experiences of current prison officers directly, and also be able to ask any questions you have about the job.

Tuesday 21 January

Alexandra Oval Community Centre, Ararat

6:15pm – 7:30pm

Please register here

Saturday 1 February

10:45am – 12pm

Mercure Ballarat Hotel, Golden Point

Please register here

Attending an information session is not compulsory, and we still encourage you to apply if you can't make it along.


“If you want a job that you can come in and you can work with people and really work at the coal face to look at helping them unpack those underlying issues that is resulting in them coming into custody, this is the job for you.” – Emma Cassar, Commissioner, Corrections Victoria

Prison Officers are a key contributor to the secure containment of offenders, which is a cornerstone of a safe and just Victoria. But our work doesn't stop there. We also aim to help offenders gain enriched prospects and life skills while in custody, so that once released, they can make a constructive contribution to our shared lives.

That's why case management is a fundamental component of the prison officer role at many prisons throughout the state. This involves one-on-one consultations with offenders, inviting the men to analyse their decision making and adopt more positive behaviours, while also maintaining important family and community connections.


The benefits of this job don't stop at the camaraderie you will enjoy with your co-workers, or the gratification you'll feel from seeing positive rehabilitation results. You'll also appreciate the following conditions:

◉ As a casual officer, you get a job that fits in with your life. You get to set your availability, so no more missing out on important family or social commitments that matter to you.

◉ Earn an hourly rate of $33.09 as a casual officer. Full-time officers wages start at $55,256 per year. Even if you do not secure a full-time position initially, there will likely be opportunities to obtain full-time work in the future, should you want it and be performing well.

◉ All prison officers enjoy generous penalty rates paid on night shifts and weekends, and yearly performance-based salary increases.

◉ New staff undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training (at $32.05 per hour or $53,529 per year pro rata). By the end of the program, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job. You will also be accredited with a Certificate III in Custodial Services Practice.

◉ Secondment, higher duty and promotion opportunities regularly offered to top performing staff.

There are many other advantages in working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety at large, as well, including:

✔ Transparent performance framework – approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to a professional development plan agreed on by you and your manager.

✔ Generous leave entitlements – provisions for many forms of leave; including parental, personal, carer's, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.

✔ Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you experience emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues.

✔ The Social Club – option to join this lively group, which gives you access to discounted gift cards, films, travel and online shopping. We also have a welcoming Pride Network with prison officer representatives.


“We need respectful and non-judgemental officers. To have a good working relationship with someone, there has to be a level of respect. It's about being respectful to the prisoners, and usually that respect is returned. If you can have that working relationship together, it makes the job a lot easier.” – Rob, Prison Officer

To thrive as a prison officer, you'll need energy, empathy and resilience. We're not concerned about which gender you identify as, or if you've worked in hospitality, sales, administration, construction or security; or been a labourer, a teacher or retail assistant. We want prison officers with life experience – people who can find common ground with anyone.

You should also possess:

◉ Strong verbal communication – you have the ability to de-escalate a situation purely through your negotiation and verbal reasoning.

◉ Professionalism – you have integrity and maturity. You respect the importance of doing your work thoroughly.

◉ Conflict management and problem-solving skills – you will encounter conflict and problems regularly, so you need to be able to think on your feet, adapting what you've learned as best practice to the scenario.

◉ Initiative and accountability – you won't pass the buck if you know you should be contributing. You'll be responsible for your actions and take opportunities to raise new ideas.

To be eligible for appointment as a prison officer in a Corrections Victoria facility, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency. You must also possess a current Victorian driver's license (minimum P2 category) and be willing to obtain a current first aid certificate.

To learn more about what you'll do on the job, the application process, as well as the essential physical requirements, please go to

Applications close at midnight on Thursday 6 February.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email

Candidates will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.

We hope to meet you soon!

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